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Advanced Aerospace Technologies Lab

Advanced Aerospace Technologies Thumb Director: David Geller
 Location: Sant 214
 Phone: 435-797-8249
 Email:
david.geller@usu.edu

   The Advanced Aerospace Technologies Lab focuses on design, analysis and development of spacecraft attitude control and determination systems,  solutions to space situational awareness problems, high-speed GN&C performance analysis techniques and optimal solutions to stochastic spacecraft guidance problems. Funding sources include AFRL and the Space Dynamics Lab.

  Biomedical Photonics Lab

Biomedical Phototonics Lab  Director: Elizabeth Vargis
 Office: Sant 004A
 Phone: 435-797-8249
 Email:
elizabeth.vargis@usu.edu

   The Biomedical Photonics Lab is one of two basement-level Sant labs collectively known as the Vargis Labs. Researchers here are developing new ways to detect and diagnose factors that may cause disease using spectroscopy and electrophoresis. Funding sources include SPIE.

  Bionanotechnology Class-1000 Clean Room

Clean Room Manager: Elizabeth Vargis
 Location: Sant 304
 Phone: 435-797-8249
 Email:
elizabeth.vargis@usu.edu

   The cleanroom is a College of Engineering resource, used for building nano-microscale devices and developing materials in an environment with little to no pollutants. This space is used by biological, mechanical and electrical engineers.

  Biophotonics Laser Lab

Biophotonics Laser Lab Director: Elizabeth Vargis
 Location: Sant 002A
 Phone: 435-797-8249
 Email:
elizabeth.vargis@usu.edu

    The Biophotonics Laser Lab is one of two basement-level Sant labs collectively known as the Vargis Labs. Researchers here are developing new ways to detect and diagnose factors that may cause disease using spectroscopy and electrophoresis. Funding sources include SPIE.

  BRIDGE Lab

Bridge Lab  Director: Koushik Chakraborty
 Location: Sant 310
 Phone: 435-797-8249
 Email:
Koushik.Chakraborty@usu.edu  
   The BRIDGE lab focuses on interdisciplinary research to create gateways between Computer Architecture and Physical Design Automation. The phenomenal growth of integration capacity accompanied with growth in design complexity has far outpaced the development in design automation tools and widely adopted design methodologies.

  Communications Network Innovation Lab

Communications Network Innovation Lab Director: Rose Hu
 Office: SANT 110
 Phone: 435-797-8249
 Email:
Rose.Hu@usu.edu

   The Communications Network Innovation Lab gives researchers the ability to model and test the latest concepts in wireless communications. Experts in this field are developing new ways to develop quality of experience-aware, spectrum-efficient and energy-efficient radio resource access schemes in next generation wireless networks with densely deployed underlay devices.

  Engineering Education Innovation Lab

Engineering Education Innovation Lab Director: Kurt Becker
 Location:
Sant 104
 Phone:
435-797-8249
 Email:
Kurt.Becker@usu.edu
   The Engineering Education Innovation Lab is a collaborative network of scholars, post-docs and graduate and undergraduate student researchers with backgrounds in education, STEM and related fields. Our mission is to build capacity in engineering education and improve, through research, engineering learning and teaching to build a solid understanding of how to better apply a variety of innovative instructional technologies in engineering classrooms and what their impacts have on student learning.

  Information Dynamics Lab

Information Dynamics Lab Director: Todd Moon
 Location: Sant: 210
 Phone: 435-797-8249
 Email:
todd.moon@usu.edu

   The Information Dynamics Laboratory applies principles of statistical signal processing and communication theory to the extraction of information from signals from a variety of sources. Projects have included hyperspectral image processing, resulting in algorithms with improved detection of weak signals, and for temperature/emissivity separation; synthetic aperture radar algorithms for improving processing with polarimetric data; digital communications in very high interference settings; algorithms for fusing periodic data from multiple sensors; measuring a room using acoustic information; and improved techniques for video processing for distance education.

  Structural Health Monitoring Lab

Long-Term Bridge Performance Lab  Director: Paul Barr
  Location: Sant 108
  Phone:
435-797-8249
  Email:
paul.barr@usu.edu

     The Structural Health Monitoring Lab is focused on collecting high-quality data to quantify the long-term behavior of structures. This data is being used to develop life cycle models and provide stakeholders with better decision making tools for maintenance.

  Low Energy/Fault Tolerant Systems Lab

Low Energy-Fault Tolerant Systems Lab  Director: Chris Winstead
  Location: Sant 212
  Phone: 435-797-8249
  Email:
Chris.Winstead@usu.edu

   Researchers in the Low-Energy/Fault-Tolerant Systems Lab study the tradeoffs between energy efficiency and reliability in computing and communication, with particular focus on micro-power signal processing and RF circuits for data communication in bio-implantable or wearable electronics. Biological systems are widely regarded as exceptional models for energy efficiency, so our research focuses heavily on the interface between electronics and biology.

  Metabolic Analysis Lab

Metabolic Analysis Lab  Director: Jixun Zhan
  Location: Sant 306

  Phone:
435-363-7573
  Email:
Jixun.Zhan@usu.edu
   This lab analyzes metabolic pathways that lead to the target compounds, which provides information for reconstitution and manipulation of these pathways in heterologous hosts. In addition, metabolites from engineered pathways will be processed and analyzed by HPLC in this lab.

  Metabolic Engineering Lab

Metabolic Engineering Lab  Director: Jixun Zhan
  Location: Sant 302

  Phone:
435-363-7573
  Email:
Jixun.Zhan@usu.edu 
   This lab focuses on engineering the metabolic pathways in microorganism for the production of industrially or medicinally important molecules. Various synthetic biology and metabolic engineering tools are used to improve the production yields and generate new useful metabolites.


  Multiscale Thermophysics Lab

Multiscale Thermophysics Lab  Director: Heng Ban
  Office:
Sant 102
  Phone:
435-797-2098
  Email:
heng.ban@usu.edu

   The scientific focus is to understand the relationship between material microstructural damage and its thermal performance. The research is mostly on experimental material thermophysical property and measurement technique development, with applications in nuclear fuels and materials, nano- and micro-scale measurement techniques, and development of hot-cell or in-pile sensors and instrumentation. Current research also includes transient fuel performance experiment and modeling.

  Photothermal Science Lab

Photo Thermal Science Lab  Director: Heng Ban
  Location:
SANT 004B
  Phone:
(435) 797-2098
  Email:
heng.ban@usu.edu

   Researchers in the Photothermal Science Lab use laser light to heat materials and detect their response to determine how well heat is transferred within the material, with applications in advanced materials and nuclear fuels. Optical techniques provide the benefit of non-intrusive, non-contact signal detection and eliminate erroneous effects from the measurement system.

 Radio Frequency Micro/Nano-Electromechanical Systems Lab

Radio Frequency Micro-Nano-Electromechanical Systems La  Director: Bedri Cetiner
  Office:
SANT 312
  Phone: 435-797-8249
  Email:
bedri.cetiner@usu.edu

 From your cellphone, to the neighborhood police cruiser, to the small satellite orbiting overhead, nearly every mobile device needs antennas. Researchers in the Radio Frequency Micro/Nano-Electromechanical Systems Lab are developing tomorrow's smart antennas that can morph their shape and readily adapt to receive the correct signal and stay connected to other devices.

 Remote Sensing Services Lab

Remote Sensing Lab  Director: Paul Barr
  Office: EL 262
  Phone:
435-797-8249
  Email:
paul.barr@usu.edu

 More info coming soon.


 Secure Automated Transportation Systems (SATS) Lab

SATS Lab  Director: Ryan Gerdes
  Location: Sant 202

  Phone:
435-797-8249
  Email:
Ryan.Gerdes@usu.edu

  Teams of researchers from across multiple disciplines work in the SATS Lab to ensure the safety, reliability and integrity of America’s transportation system. As we come to rely more and more on automation technology, it's important to understand and develop the various layers of cyber security that keep autonomous vehicles safe from malicious attacks and other failures.

Thermal Microscopy Lab

Thermal Microscopy Lab  Director: Heng Ban
  Office:
SANT 314
  Phone:
435-797-2098
  Email:
heng.ban@usu.edu  
   The Thermal Microscopy lab seeks to push the limits of nano- and micro-scale measurements of the thermal behavior of materials.



  Time Lab

Time Lab  Director: Ziqi Song
  Office:
SANT 002
  Phone:
435-797-8249
  Email:
ziqi.song@usu.edu

    TimeLab is a collaboration between USU and the Utah Department of Transportation to advance research and technology  implementation in transportation. Researchers here are combating increasing congestion and improving safety while addressing the environmental impacts of transportation systems.

 Tissue Engineering Lab

Tissue Engineering Lab  Director: Elizabeth Vargis
  Office:
Sant 004
  Phone:
435-797-8249
  Email:
elizabeth.vargis@usu.edu

 The Tissue Engineering Lab is one of two basement-level Sant labs collectively known as the Vargis Labs. In this group, advanced methods to improve understanding of biological phenomena are used to model atrophy during muscle disuse or space travel and model retinal eye disease including age-related macular degeneration and retinopathy of prematurity. Funding sources include ORAU, the Knights Templar Eye Institute, and NASA.